Does anybody know how many aircraft / helicopters are currently used to fight the fires in California?
I checked on CNN and it looks to me that for the number of fires and the huge size of the areas concerned, there is a real lack of resources. Just looking at the Wikipedia page on the CL
-415, I have found:
* Canada - 17 (Quebec - 8 CL
-415 and Ontario - 9 CL
* Croatia - 4 (CL-415) - 2 on order
* France - 13 (CL-415)
* Greece - 9 (CL-415GR - 8 and CL
-415MP - 1)
* Italy - 14 (CL-415)
* Spain - 1 (CL-415)
* United States- Minnesota DNR
(Department of Natural Resources) flies a mix of CL
-215s and CL
-415s. CAL FIRE leases 2 CL
-415s from the Province of Quebec for use during the wildfire season.
That's just for the SuperScoopers. In addition, some European countries also have a mix of CL
-215, various Helicopters, Conair Firecat (Retrofitted Grumman S-2 Trackers), Hercules, etc. There are also bilateral agreements around the Mediterranean to share equipment, something which has been seen this summer in Greece. Even the Russian ministry of Emergency Situations sent aerial ressources there! Lessons were learnt from past disasters in the 80s and 90s.
Seeing the heartbreaking images on TV
, I can't help but having the feeling that there seems to be a real lack of aerial firefighting resources that can be mobilised quickly before things get out of control, and it looks to me as though this time round, things got seriously out of control.